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What teams have turned a critical weakness of their team into a position of strength?

 

What teams have turned a position that was a strength into a position of critical weakness?

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Cleveland Browns. 
2019 OT’s: Greg Robinson & Chris Hubbard. 
2020 OT’s: Jedrick Wills & Jack Conklin. 
 

New England Patriots. 
2019 QB: Tom Freakin’ Brady. 
2020 QB: Freaking Jarrett Stidham. 

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After Sanders was traded, Denver's WR depth was dire. Now we have (potentially) one of the deepest groups. 

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Atlanta Falcons Weakness to strength

2019 OL - Matthews, Carpenter/Brown/Schweitzer, Mack, Brown/Lindstrom, McGary

2020 projected OL should be better: Matthews, Hennessy, Mack, Lindstrom, McGary

Strength to weakness

2019 TE spot: Austin Hooper, Luke Stocker, Jaeden Graham

2020 TE Spot: Hayden Hurst, Jaeden Graham

now it's unproven

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1 hour ago, BleedTheClock said:

What teams have turned a critical weakness of their team into a position of strength?

 

What teams have turned a position that was a strength into a position of critical weakness?

If we're just doing this season, the Titans may have done both.

Unless one of the young guys breaks out to an unpredictable degree (Isaiah Mack or Larrell Murchison being the candidates), they went from having one of the best interior DLs to a lacking one by trading away Jurrell Casey.  He wasn't the player he used to be, but he's still an above average DT, and a veteran in a group that suddenly is very, very young.  Jeff Simmons should be a stud this year, but after him, it's just Daquan Jones and a bunch of unproven guys.

I like Mack, and I expect him to be better this season, and Murchison has a great first step, but I don't think they will replace Jurrell Casey.  Not even close.  Especially without a perennial pro bowl vet to learn from.

On the flip side, if they sign Clowney, they suddenly have a stellar EDGE group.  It was the only real weakness on defense last season, and with Clowney, it would go from (2019 sacks in parentheses):

Harold Landry (9), Kamalei Correa (5), Derrick Roberson (3), Cameron Wake (2.5), Sharif Finch (2), Reggie Gilbert (1)

Jadeveon Clowney (3), Harold Landry (9), Vic Beasley (8), Kamalei Correa (5), Derrick Roberson (3), DeAndre Walker (first season)

Clowney's sack numbers aren't impressive, but he's one of the best run defending EDGEs in the league, and he'll be reunited with the DC that got the most out of him.  Also, pretty much every other EDGE the Titans have are the lean, twitchy type, and they need a bigger guy to set the edge against the run, like Clowney.

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Steelers secondary last year: Joe Haden, Coty Sensabaugh, Artie Burns, Terrell Edmunds, Sean Davis

Steelers secondary this year: Joe Haden, Steven Nelson, Mike Hilton, Terrell Edmunds, Minkah Fitzpatrick

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The classic example would be the Patriots WR corps

2006: Reche Caldwell, Jabar Gaffney, Troy Brown, Doug Gabriel, Chad Jackson

2007: Randy Moss, Wes Welker, Donte Stallworth, Gaffney

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In terms of going from weakness to strength, probably defensive line for the Ravens, particularly in regards to the pass rush side of things. Gone are Michael Pierce - decent run stopper, non-factor in the passing game, and all-around JAG Chris Wormley - replaced by productive vets Calais Campbell and Derek Wolfe. Brandon Williams rushing the passer from the nose tackle position on certain passing downs will be a better situation for him compared to rushing from the DE position as well. And then we've also got Justin Maduibuike coming in who should hopefully add some juice as a rotational option/sub-package guy. 

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Raiders going from Whitehead and Morrow at LB to Littleton and Kwiatkowski feels like an upgrade, but I don't know if it's a pillar of strength.

We aren't really talented enough to lose critical pieces to FA, so can't think of anything that suddenly became a weakness that wasn't already.

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2019 Critical Weakness: Aaron Rodgers + Tim Boyle

2020 Pillar of Strength: Aaron Rodgers + Jordan Love

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12 hours ago, SnoopDogg said:

Steelers secondary last year: Joe Haden, Coty Sensabaugh, Artie Burns, Terrell Edmunds, Sean Davis

Steelers secondary this year: Joe Haden, Steven Nelson, Mike Hilton, Terrell Edmunds, Minkah Fitzpatrick

Dude you guys had Minkah Fitzpatrick for 14 games last year

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6 minutes ago, DannyB said:

Dude you guys had Minkah Fitzpatrick for 14 games last year

He’s referencing “last year” as 2018 and “this year” as the 2019 season. Just a little miscommunication, still a good example.

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4 hours ago, DannyB said:

2019 Critical Weakness: Aaron Rodgers + Tim Boyle

2020 Pillar of Strength: Aaron Rodgers + Jordan Love

Trying to sell yourself on that love pick huh?

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Is this just from one year to the next? Because the Giants had Hof/all pro LBs from...probably their inception through the 90's, and the only decent one they've had this century was Antonio Pierce who played most of his career with Washington. I wouldn't be surprised if they've had the fewest pro bowl selections at LB since 2000.

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15 hours ago, Vorsutus said:

Trying to sell yourself on that love pick huh?

Hey, I agree with you that it feels like Danny is just another Packers fan who is trying to justify a bad pick made by his favorite team. However, if there is any organization who can make most of us look stupid later on for laughing about it, it's the Packers.

 

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